The Hintzsche companies headquartered just south of Maple Park, rolled out the red carpet to show their appreciation for their customers and to celebrate 50 years of business. Employees gathered Aug. 21 in Troxel to entertain and treat their customers.
The agriculture retailer began in 1962 when brothers Kenneth and Richard Hintzsche purchased the grain mill. Since then, it grew to include agronomy locations in Kirkland, Scarboro, Minooka, as well as fuel sites in Troxel, DeKalb (Pacific Pride), Rochelle and Waterman. Hintzsche’s Pork Division primarily operates out of Amboy and Sheridan, and the feed mill, one of the first structures to be built at the original Troxel site in 1963 still remains a vital part of the operation today.
An estimated 1,400 guests attended the event. They received a gift bag and a ticket to enter the prize drawings, which included the grand prize of a 2012 John Deere Gator.
5B’s Catering of Waterman provided a meal of grilled ribeye steak and center cut pork chops. Guests also were treated to soft serve ice cream, cookies and popcorn.
Entertainment included the Jared Olson Band of Maple Park; the Jim Kanas Trio consisting of Jim Kanas, Roger Hintzsche and Steve Strombeck; and Max Armstrong who shared his knowledge of the latest ag-related topics. The event included a bounce house, face painting and balloon twisting for the children.
Twenty-five prizes were presented including the John Deere Gator, which was won by Jim Schoonhoven of Rochelle, an ATV/Sprayer won by Kenny Shaw of Amboy, a Wisconsin Dells gift certificate won by Max Gartner of Naperville, and an Apple iPad that went to Eric Wackerlin of Hinckley.
“We were thrilled with the turnout,” President David Hintzsche said in a news release. “I genuinely appreciate all the time and effort our teams put into it to ensure its success.”